Writing101: Day 3…

Today’s assignment was a one word inspiration. I chose secrets from the list provided.  It jumped out at me because of a recent conversation I had with someone about keeping secrets.  He insisted that the only to keep one is to not tell a single person.  While I partly agree, it just doesn’t seem healthy to me.  We all have secrets: good, special, embarrassing, joyful, shameful.  We choose what to share with select others and what to keep to ourselves.  The worst secrets will eat away at you if kept inside.  The good ones should be told.  We should celebrate with each other.

Lists, lists, lists…

The 2nd assignment for Writing 101 is write a list.  What a perfect assignment for me.  What can I say, I love lists, and I have written about them before on this blog.

My list of lists

A bucket list (which needs some updating)

A reading list for 2015 (I promise I have read more than I indicate here. Just need to update it!)

And that’s just my personal lists.  At work, I’m very process oriented and create many workflows and checklists.  A few years back, a colleague recommended the book A Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande.  I have been known to bring this to meetings to stress the importance of not just reading the checklist once, but following it every time!

So, the assignment was to really hone in on “things I like”, “things I’ve learned” or “things I wish”.  My earlier lists cover some of them, but I’m never one to shy away from creating new lists.

Things I like:

  • Rainbows
  • My family
  • Fine wine
  • Spending time with friends
  • The high I get from a great workout
  • Quiet time to read a book with no interruptions
  • The smell of old library books
  • Fall foliage
  • Chocolate
  • Dressing up to the nines
  • Lounging at home in my sweats

Why I write…

Why do I write?  This is the first question in the Writing 101 course and in some ways I think the hardest.

So, why did I sign up for this course, why do I write?  I do this to become a better writer, a faster writer, a more articulate writer.  One who does not get hung-up on being perfect and censoring the version of myself being presented to the outside world.  I write so others know exactly what I’m thinking and feeling – no assumptions or guessing.  It’s so much easier to keep everything inside, but I want to consonantly be growing. Writing is challenging and can be uncomfortable, but the end results are so satisfying.

Rest day…

I had planned a rest day yesterday and really took advantage of it. It was pouring most of the day, so I didn’t even get in a good walk.  I think I fell asleep around 9:30.

My eating wasn’t perfect since I hadn’t pre-planned dinner, but it wasn’t terrible either. I struggle with meal planning. I always have great intentions but don’t always want to eat it when the day comes.

Feeling sore today…

I got in another good workout yesterday and am really feeling it today.  This is what I did:

  • NROL Supercharged – full ramp program
  • Side planks – 2 sets of 30 secs each side
  • Front plank with pull down.  I found this extremely awkward to do and know I want to concur it!!  I tried to do 2 sets of 10 reps each side using 10lbs, but I think it was closer to 7 reps each side.  I watched a few videos before doing it, and I realize that I’m twisting my body to much to stabilize myself.
  • Romanian deadlift – 2 sets of 15 reps with 30 lbs barbell
  • Push-ups – 1 set of 15 reps inclined on bench.  I hate these!
  • Split-squats – 2 sets of 15 reps each leg holding 5lbs dumbbells
  • Lat pulldown – 2 sets of 15 reps using 40 lbs
  • Intervals – More on the elliptical – 4 sets of 2 mins intense work and 1 min slow
  • Lots of stretching!

Here is some of what I ate yesterday – the picture links to myfitnesspal diary.  I forgot to take pictures of everything, so my dinner isn’t pictured.  It was just an ordinary sandwich.  I actually had two of the green smoothies.  I make them in big batches on the weekends and bring to work for breakfast all week.  This week is a clean out the fridge version – everything that was on the verge of going bad or being overripe.  A small amount of coconut water, almond milk, whole milk yogurt, spinach, radish greens, plums, peaches, bananas, and a splash of vanilla extract.  Oh, and I added flax seeds and spirulina powder – giving it that, umm, wonderful green color!

Lunch was shirataki noodles – I love the amount you can eat of these for just 20 calories.  I added in radishes and snow peas and turned a basil soup I had made last week into a sauce.  It was so filling that I couldn’t event finish it.

Aug. 10, 2015

Finding what works…

I’ve spent most of the past year experimenting with the right workouts for me. I’ve been successful in adding in weight training but it is still so new to me that I’ve struggled with finding the right program. I now realize that all of my experimenting is not getting me anywhere near where I want to be for strength and definition. All that said, I’m restating The New Rules of Lifting Supercharged. It is something that I know has worked well for others. It is easy to progress through the program, modify it as needed and stay challenged.

To keep myself on track, I’ll be doing smaller posts each day of my workout and food (with pics)!  I figure, if it’s too embarrassing to post, I probably shouldn’t be eating it!

Aug 10 weight: 165.2

Yesterday’s workout:

  • Full ramp program in NROL Supercharged
  • Plank – 2 sets, 30 secs each
  • Half kneeling cable pull – 2 sets, 20lbs, 30 secs
  • Goblet squat – 2 sets, 20lbs, 15 reps
  • Standing cable row – 2 sets, 20 lbs, 15 reps each side
  • Bench step up – 5lb weights, 2 sets of 15 each side
  • Push-up – this should have been 15 reps each, but something that I struggle with and have lost the most progress. I did these inclined on a bench. 1st set was 10 and 2nd set was 5.
  • Intervals!  I love this part!!  Four sets on the elliptical of 2 mins at level 10 followed by 1 min at level 3.
  • Finished with some stretching. This is an area I need to formalize a routine.
  • All of this took about 90 mins. Which is about the max time I have. Also, as I’m writing this up, I realized that I left out an entire exercise. Oh well, next time!

I’m Back…

I realized that I haven’t posted anything since the spring.  I’ve let life’s craziness get in the way of many of my goals.  I plan to be back in full force now!!  I’m hard core training for my first half marathon which is in the beginning of Oct.  Stay tuned for regular updates!

Communication in a modern world…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “It’s a Text, Text, Text, Text World.”

How do you communicate differently online than in person, if at all? How do you communicate emotion and intent in a purely written medium?

How have we changed our communication methods to adapt to our constantly changing world and how can we stay connected to our friends, family, colleagues, others?  This is something I’m always asking myself.  I was never a huge “communicate by phone” person before all of these other methods became available and popular.  To be honest, outside of my work, it took me a long time to really catch on to communicating by email with friends or family.  I had always put this pressure on myself to write a certain amount and if I didn’t, I worried what the other person thought.  Texting, chatting, etc, are much easier.  No one is offended by a one or two word response.  Hey, it’s almost preferred!

However, it is much more challenging to convey the right emotion.  I’m notorious for misreading email.  I love when people include emojis — helps to make the message clearer.  I’ve had some funny exchanges when I ask for clarification.  😉

Lists of lists…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “The Satisfaction of a List.”

What a perfect prompt for me.  I love lists and have been known to create lists of lists.

Favorite places to create lists:

  1. Paper
  2. Todoist
  3. Evernote
  4. Email
  5. Rattling them off to other people

Most common lists I create:

  1. Grocery
  2. Home to-do items
  3. Work to-do items
  4. Short-term goals
  5. Long-term goals
  6. The ever famous lists of lists!!

It’s getting hot in here…

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Ring of Fire.”  Do you love hot and spicy foods or do you avoid them for fear of what tomorrow might bring?

hot sauce

This is my idea of a little slice heaven.  I took this picture at a store in Boulder, CO a few summers ago.  I couldn’t even get all of their wonderful varieties of hot sauces into one picture.  I wish I could have brought all of these amazing bottles of goodness home with me.  This doesn’t even include fresh chilies, chili powders, wasabi, etc.  Throw those in and I’m truly in heaven.

I go out of my way to have spicy foods. It is a staple in my house and lives right next to the salt and pepper on the table.  I love it all from the mild heat that brings a layer of flavor and depth to foods to the intense heat that leads to a slight burn in the back of my throat, the beads of sweat that form on my forehead, the runny nose.  I have to admit, I just don’t understand people who don’t like spicy food.  There was a study recently that men who like hot food have high testosterone.  They really need to do a study on women too.  And heck, there have been studies too how spicy foods speed up metabolism.  Hot sauce is just another part of my weight loss plan.